Plant Finder

tree

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch

Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade'

Add To My Plant List

print page
 
Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch (Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade') at Connon Nurseries

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch (Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade') at Connon Nurseries

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch foliage

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch (Betula nigra 'Summer Cascade') at Connon Nurseries

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Red Birch

Description:

A gracefully weeping form of this prize native birch valued for its stunning peeling bark; long flexible stems can be made into topiary; good fall color; can be trained to grow to various heights, does best in acidic soil

Ornamental Features

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch features subtle chartreuse catkins in early spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The peeling tan bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch is a deciduous tree with a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and should only be pruned in summer after the leaves have fully developed, as it may 'bleed' sap if pruned in late winter or early spring. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Summer Cascade Weeping River Birch will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features